“Fame” seems to make a evidential case to exists forever with radiant characters, thundery music and bracing performances.
Nick Winston has been remarkable with the choreography though at times it looks fragmented and perplexing.
The Act 1: (At your ease, might struggle to find your feet on the story)
A bunch of enthusiastic adolescences from the New York City’s High School of Performing Arts learn their arts and act together on their journey to Fame.
Miss Sherman enthusiastically appeals to the students that it takes “Hard Work” tangled with academic achievements and a sense of ambition to reach “Fame” before Serena meets Nick Plaza, who tells her his passion for the performing arts. Tyrone struggles to understand Ballet and retaliates that he can do better causing the whole class to break into a hip-hop dance.
Tyrone’s potential was noticed as a choreographer, hence partnered with Iris, a ballerina to succeed though Iris pretends to be rich as she is scared. Miss Sherman talks to Tyrone about his care-free attitude towards education and threatens to keep him out of the Fall Festival if his grades do not improve. Miss Bell overhears and argues Tyrone's case that artistic endeavours are significant than academic performance.
The Act 2: (Remains Intriguing, Sentimental, and Soulful to lift the morale of the story)
Mabel complains about her major and switches her major from dance to drama. Later, Nick congratulates Serena for getting the role of Juliet assuming Nick is Romeo, but she is surprised to learn that the role of Romeo would be Joe Vegas.
Carmen decides to leave to go to Los Angeles to get instant fame and fortune with Schlomo begging her not to leave and professes his love for her. Tyrone gets embarrassed publicly, and it is revealed he cannot read or write and that he has dyslexia. Miss Sherman pleads with him not to give up and reveals her care for them as her own. Nick replaces Joe as Romeo as Joe wasn’t interested to play the role of Romeo. Carmen returns to New York extremely disoriented and tells Schlomo the truth about her experiences in Los Angles. At the farewell party, Carmen is revealed to have died.
In general, I must applaud all the 20 performers for pulling off this performance without any help from any other members except some helpers and directors to do things off stage.
Standout: Miss Sherman when she blows herself with taglines “These are my children”
- The background noise before the show begin immersed the audience into the performance, including different instruments to capture the attention of audience
- Use of assorted colours on the stage such as different connotations of colours. For example, red connotes anger and love
- Live musical performance so the artists on stage were visible
- Effective voice categorisation such as soprano, alto, mezzo soprano, tenor, bass etc,
- Mostly, the dancers were cohesive and on-pointe
- Different dance styles such as lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet and breakdance
- Powerful partner dancing and different lifts
- Lots of different movements with a similar theme. For example, turns – fouettés, la seconds, pirouettes [parallel and turned out]
- Meaningful characterisation of Carmen, when in New York her expressions were excited and open and on her return from L.A. she was shrunk and shy
- Development of Iris’ characterisation – everyone believes she is rich however it is revealed she is simply scared of expressing her true self
- Pictures of different children on the stage with details via the black and white frames
- Effortless movements of props on and off and around the stage
- Symbolise the mood of the scene but could have been better on occasions
What was not so good
The show: Performances were impetuous and scratchy on occasions.
The stage: The raised stage could cause some obstruction for viewing however I did not feel that was a problem despite sitting at the front as most of the acting was performed at CenterStage. Some of the props had wrong photos (a case of attention to details)
Would I recommend the show?
I thoroughly enjoyed the show and would recommend to anyone who is interested who has niche for arts. There is some mild swearing, kissing, caressing and romantic scenes which suggests the appropriate age range for this play to be 13+. It is viewers and parental discretion to decide whether it is appropriate. “Fame The Musical” was my debut watching a professional theatrical performance, which undoubtedly excited me and aim to watch more.
An arching performance with deafening music, characters, designed and staged for excellence.
What I learnt from it:
I learnt that facial emotions and high-power dances could strike strong emotions with the audience. Ballet must be used to build technique and mental prowess with grace and elegance.
I could characterise the different emotions of the characters which I aspire to do with all my dances and could feel the pulse of the music coordinated with the dancers inspired me to try different styles of dance such as hip-hop.